In another first, Beauty and the Beast will feature the first interracial kiss in a Disney live-action film.
The kiss is between Audra McDonald and Stanley Tucci’s character, Madame de Garderobe and Cadenza and will feature not once, but twice. Although there have been interracial kisses in animated Disney films, such as Pocahontas, it is a first for live-action.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, director Bill Condon said, “I didn’t give it a second thought, then at the preview, the (Disney) chairman told me that it was the first and second interracial kiss in a Disney movie.”
“That shocked me.”
“I was surprised it hadn’t happened before….and they (Disney) were excited by that.”
The news comes after it was revealed that the film would feature Disney’s first ‘exclusively gay moment’.
Disney will firmly mark a new era with a manservant exploring his sexuality in the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, released later this month.
In an interview with Attitude magazine, Condon revealed that LeFou, played by Josh Gad, will have the ‘gay moment’, as he struggles with his feelings for the story’s villain, Gaston.
It has also been widely reported that Belle, the lead character played by Emma Watson, will be a feminist and have a career.